Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Dropkick Murphys' new album making a mark

The Dropkick Murphys' 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory is out now through the band's Born & Bred Records. The album went to No. 1 on the iTunes charts and was the second best selling current album last week according to Billboard. The band’s ninth album bowed in at #8 on the all-inclusive Billboard Top 200. Additionally the album was the #1 Independently released album, #1 Rock Album, #1 Physical Release, #1 Vinyl, and #1 Internet. 

11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory was influenced by the guys' work with The Claddagh Fund, a charity they established in 2009 to help support addiction recovery as well as children's and veterans' organizations. The band is hands-on in raising funds, mentoring, and lending a helping hand in the fight. Many of the songs reflect these experiences, and the band's sadness, anger and dismay at the opiate epidemic ravaging the country — in particular, Boston and New England. "Paying My Way" is about the way up and out of addiction and the dream of bigger and better things in life.

See the official video for  "Paying My Way" here. 

Founder/lead singer Ken Casey says the song "is not just about paying your bills; it's about doing what you have to do in order to be a good person. But at the end of the day, never losing sight of the fact that doing the next right thing may lead to great things one day."

Born & Bred has also announced an exclusive relationship with the LA-based Dualtone Licensing; the company will represent its masters, including the band’s signature song (a co-write with Woody Gurthie), “I’m Shipping Up To Boston,” in the film/television/advertising fields.

Tickets are on sale now for Dropkick Murphys’ 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory tour, which kicks off with a sold out show February 21 at Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA, and culminates with the band’s annual hometown run of Boston shows St. Patrick's Day Week (March 15-19), which includes Agganis Arena and three nights at House of Blues.

Find the album, along with limited edition CDs & vinyl, on the band's official webstore.

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds re-team for world tour

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds will kick off a U.S. tour in May. Since Dave Matthews Band is not touring this summer, the two musicians and longtime friends are instead taking the opportunity to play a rare series of stripped-down, acoustic dates together.

An online ticket presale for the tour will begin on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 10 AM ET at www.warehouse.davematthewsband.comfor members of the DMB Warehouse Fan Association. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, Feb. 10, at 10 AM local time.

Next week, Matthews & Reynolds will play a pair of sold-out shows in Texas. They'll head to the Mexican Riviera in February to headline three concerts on Barceló Maya Beach as part of Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds: Riviera Maya, an all-inclusive coastal concert vacation.

A limited number of packages are still available.

For complete details, visit Matthews & Reynolds will kick off a spring European tour with a two-night stand at London's Eventim Apollo (March 20 & 21).

As a duo, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds have released three live double-CDs together: Live At Luther College (1999), Live At Radio City (2007) and Live In Las Vegas (2010). 

Matthews is the lead vocalist/guitarist for Dave Matthews Band, which has sold more than 20 million tickets and a collective 38 million CDs and DVDs combined. It is the first group in history to have six consecutive studio albums debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. He released his solo debut, Some Devil, in 2003 and the lead single, "Gravedigger," won a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.

Reynolds is a self-taught player of the sitar, solo jazz guitar, solo djembe, twelve-string guitar, violin and mandolin, along with his acoustic and electric guitars. In addition to his work with Dave Matthews Band, he records and performs with TR3, the electric trio he founded in the 1980s. His new solo acoustic CD, That Way, features 14 new original songs.

North American Dates:

1/25 Sugar Land, TX Smart Financial Center
1/26 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre
2/23-25 Riviera Maya, MX Barceló Maya Beach (all-inclusive concert vacation)
5/3 Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre
5/6 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheatre
5/7 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheatre
5/31 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
6/2 Philadelphia, PA The Mann Center
6/3 Philadelphia, PA The Mann Center
6/4 Canandaigua, NY CMAC
6/6 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
6/7 Holmdel, NY PNC Bank Arts Center
6/10 Chicago, IL Northerly Island
6/11 Chicago, IL Northerly Island
6/13 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/14 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
6/16 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
6/17 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
6/18 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion

European Dates:

3/20 London, England Eventim Apollo
3/21 London, England Eventim Apollo
3/23 Dublin, EI Olympia Theatre
3/25 Groningen, NL De Oosterpoort
3/26 Amsterdam, NL AFAS Live (Heineken Music Hall)
3/27 Köln, DE Palladium
3/29 Copenhagen, DK Royal Arena
3/30 Berlin, DE Columbiahalle
4/1 Vienna, AT Wiener Konzerthaus
4/2 Prague, CZ Forum Karlin
4/4 Torino, IT Teatro Colosseo
4/6 Padova, IT Gran Teatro Geox
4/7 Milan, IT Teatro Arcimboldi
4/10 Lisbon, PT Coliseu Lisboa
4/11 Porto, PT Coliseu Porto

Billy Currington set for spring tour

photo: Alex Ferrari
Platinum-selling, Grammy, ACM and CMA nominated artist Billy Currington will hit the road on his headlining Stay Up ‘Til the Sun tour beginning in March.

Currington released his sixth studio album, Summer Forever, on Mercury Nashville in June 2015. The first single off of Summer Forever, “Don’t It,” went to #1 on the country airplay charts, followed by the album’s second single “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To,” marking his 10th & 11th career #1 singles. Currington’s latest single from the album, “Do I Make You Wanna,” is a “lay back and take it easy” track with lyrics that provided his latest tour’s title.

Over the course of his career, Currington has celebrated 11 #1 hits, platinum-selling albums and ACM, CMA and GRAMMY nominations. Currington’s series of chart-toppers include “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To,” “Don’t It,” “Good Directions,” “Let Me Down Easy,” “Must Be Doin’ Something Right,” “People Are Crazy,” “Pretty Good At Drinkin’ Beer,” “That’s How Country Boys Roll,” “Hey Girl,” “Don’t,” and “We Are Tonight.”

Tour dates:

3/9/17 St. Louis, MO Peabody Opera House
3/10/17 Dubuque, IA Five Flags Center
3/11/17 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
3/23/17 Northfield, OH Hard Rock Live
3/24/17 Roanoke, VA Berglund Performing Arts Theatre
3/25/17 Sayerville, NJ Starland Ballroom
4/6/17 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
4/7/17 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
4/8/17 Strousburg, PA Sherman Theater
4/20/17 Houston, TX House of Blues
4/21/17 Oklahoma City, OK The Criterion
5/11/17 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore
5/12/17 Huntington, NY The Paramount
5/13/17 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
5/19/17 Richmond, VA Center Stage
5/20/17 New York, NY Playstation Theater
6/1/17 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle

The Raveonettes' recent singles to be compiled on album

photo: Amber+Ashlie Chavez
The Raveonettes have completed their RAVE-SOUND-OF-THE-MONTH series with December's release of the final track "Pendejo." The full digital album will be available Feb. 17, with the CD out April 21 and vinyl release set for Record Store Day on April 22 via Beat Dies Records. You can listen to '2016 Atomized' in full here.

The RAVE-SOUND-OF-THE-MONTH playlist began at the start of 2016 where the band would upload a freshly recorded track on the last Friday of every month throughout the year. The 'anti-album' features a collection of new tracks that aren't bound by the constraints of the format.

The duo also continue their new Pledge Music Campaign where fans can pledge for the CD and vinyl of the forthcoming new album. Sign up for the Pledge Music Campaign at

Track list:

1. The World Is Empty (Without You)
2. Run Mascara Run
4. Junko Ozawa
5. Scout
6. Won't You Leave Me Alone
7. Where Are You Wild Horses?
8. A Good Fight
9. This Is Where It Ends
10. Choke On Love
11. Fast Food
12. Pendejo

Listen: The Raveonettes - '2016 Atomized'

Spoon has some 'Hot Thoughts'

photo: Zachery Michael
Spoon's ninth album Hot Thoughts will arrive March 17 on Matador Records. 

It reunites the Austin band with the label that released their 1996 debut, Telephono, and following on Spoon’s streak of three consecutive Top 10 albums — Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007), Transference (2010) and They Want My Soul (2014).

Hot Thoughts was co-produced by Spoon and Dave Fridmann. The opening title track is available to stream here or as an instant download with all pre-orders placed at “I Ain’t The One” was recently featured in the penultimate episode of the current season of Showtime’s Shameless.

Having recently sneak previewed Hot Thoughts material in a surprise hometown warm-up, Spoon has also confirmed a three-night release week SXSW residency for which the band will resurrect the original, classic Austin venue Emo's location, currently referred to as "The Main" on March 14-16. The band will curate a unique line up each night and will stubbornly be referring to the venue as "Eno's”.

Track listing: 

1. Hot Thoughts
2. WhisperI'lllistentohearit
3. Do I Have To Talk You Into It
4. First Caress
5. Pink Up
6. Can I Sit Next To You
7. I Ain't The One
8. Tear It Down
9. Shotgun
10. Us

South By Southwest Residency at The Main a/k/a Eno's: 

Tuesday, March 14
Wednesday, March 15
Thursday, March 16

*curated by Spoon with special guests

NAMM '17 news: Taylor Guitars

Taylor Guitars' 100 series
Whenever I attend the NAMM convention in Anaheim, Calif., I always look forward to the live performance schedule in the Taylor Guitars room upstairs at the Anaheim Convention Center.

As usual, the El Cajon-based company had come up with another enticing mix of country, pop and rock up-and-comers with a well-known artist.

Here is what's on tap this week: 

4 p.m. Tolan Shaw
5 p.m. Smithfield
4 p.m. Shuji Fukunari
4:45 p.m. Tim and Myles
5:30 p.m. Korbee
4 p.m. Brian Collins
5 p.m. Andy Grammer

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Ed Sheeran news

Ed Sheeran has unveiled details for his new album. Titled “÷” (pronounced divide), the multi-Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter’s third studio album arrives on March 3 via Atlantic Records.

“÷” will be available for pre-order here beginning at midnight ET on Friday, January 13. All pre-orders will include instant grat downloads of the recently released “Castle On The Hill” and “Shape Of You,” which just broke the record for single-day streams on Spotify with 7,940,950 streams, topping Adele’s “Hello”.

Sheeran commented – “First off, what a week! The reaction to my new singles has been absolutely mind-blowing and I can’t thank you enough. My new album ÷ holds a very special place in my heart and I really believe this is my best work to date. I’ve been eager to get back and I couldn’t be more excited for March 3rd.”

One of the most anticipated global releases of 2017, “÷” was recorded between LA, London, Suffolk and while crossing the Atlantic aboard the RMS Queen Mary 2. Executive produced by multi-Grammy winner Benny Blanco and Sheeran himself with additional production coming from frequent collaborator Johnny McDaid, Grammy winner Mike Elizondo, and BRIT Award winner Steve Mac. Sheeran also created the album artwork concept for “÷” , even painting the cover himself.

Unveiled in tandem last Friday, the album’s first singles “Shape Of You” and “Castle On The Hill” logged over 13 million global streams in the first 24 hours, breaking Spotify's 'day 1' streaming record.

With "Shape Of You" tallying 6,868,642 streams and "Castle On The Hill" landing 6,168,395 streams, both of the new tracks have individually had overtaken the previous 'day one' record holders (One Direction logged 4,759,698 streams with "Drag Me Down" in August 2015) marking another record-breaking milestone in his career.

Meanwhile, the accompanying lyric videos received over 60 million combined hits, having amounted over 10 million views in the first 24 hours - these mark his fastest-ever video launches, with the accompanying official videos still to come.

Despite being out of the spotlight for nearly all of 2016, Ed’s name was still associated with some of the year’s biggest hits. As one of the world's most in-demand songwriters, he penned “Cold Water” for Major Lazer and “Love Yourself” for Justin Bieber.

“Love Yourself” is up for “Song of the Year” at this year’s Grammy Awards, earning Sheeran his 11th Grammy nomination. Sheeran himself is very familiar with this category – which specifically recognizes and honors songwriters - having been previously nominated for this award twice before, winning last year for his 7x-Platinum hit “Thinking Out Loud.”

Track listing:

1. Eraser
2. Castle On The Hill
3. Dive
4. Shape Of You
5. Perfect
6. Galway Girl
7. Happier
8. New Man
9. Hearts Don’t Break Around Here
10. What Do I Know?
11. How Would You Feel (Paean)
12. Supermarket Flowers

Deluxe Edition:

13. Barcelona
14. Bibia Be Ye Ye
15. Nancy Mulligan
16. Save Myself